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By Brad Berman ·
June 04, 2009

Volvo Gets Serious about Plug-in Hybrids

At a press conference this week, Volvo chief executive Stephen Odell said the company is making "a significant leap compared to our earlier plans of offering a regular full-hybrid on the market by 2012." Could Volvo's plug-in hybrids help Sweden achieve its goal of becoming the world’s first oil-free economy by 2020?

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By Brad Berman ·
May 31, 2009

Will the Chevy Volt Survive Bankruptcy?

In the direct aftermath of General Motors filing for Chapter 11 this morning, the fate of the Chevy Volt remains unclear. Questions about the Volt go beyond a simple "yes or no" decision. Does it make sense to save an expensive future product that will lose money for many years? How many will be made? How much will it cost? How will it be marketed? When is it expected to turn a profit?

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By Brad Berman ·
May 11, 2009

Consulting Firm: Chinese Hybrid and Electric Cars Are Overhyped


Frost & Sullivan, a global market research firm, believes the pace of growth for China’s hybrid and electric car market has been exaggerated. “While we believe hybrids have a good future, the sales in China's future market have been overhyped,” wrote Tristin Lin, senior consultant of automation & transportation, Frost & Sullivan China. The firm estimates 95,000 hybrid units, or 0.9% of the total market for passenger cars, in 2015. And the forecast for electric cars is considerably more conservative.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 28, 2009

Honda and Nissan Consider Plug-in Hybrids


Honda has been banking on a transition to fuel cell cars as the long-term strategy for sustainable mobility. Nissan has been primarily moving toward pure battery-electric vehicles. Executives from both companies are now suggesting that hybrids and plug-in hybrids could be around for a very long time.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 22, 2009

Auto Engineers See Slow Road to Green Car Future

The theme of this year’s annual meeting of automotive engineers was “Racing to Green Mobility.” The unlikely symbol of the event—the 2009 World Congress of the Society of Automotive Engineers held from April 20 to 23—was California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Hummer. The Governor kicked off the conference by pointing at shortcomings in federal energy policy, while overlooking his role as the most famous promoter of the ultimate gas-guzzler. The message was that government-supported advanced auto technology will allow US drivers to continue driving fast large vehicles without any compromise.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 13, 2009

GE Expands Investment in A123Systems, Hybrid Future


What goes for political corruption is also great advice for understanding the future of gas-electric and plug-in cars: Follow the money. Consider the new round of $69 million that A123Systems, one of the leading US manufacturers of advanced auto batteries, has raised to expand its facilities in Massachusetts and Michigan. This puts the company closer to achieving its goal of supplying battery systems for up to five million hybrids or a half-million electric vehicles by 2013.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 06, 2009

Chinese Scare: The Electric Cars Are Coming!


The New York Times last week reported that China plans to boost its annual production of electric and hybrid cars to 500,000 in the next two years from just 2,100 last year. Should the US auto industry really be worrying about Chinese electric cars? Or do other competitors pose a more serious threat?

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Consulting Group: Beware of Electric Car Costs

By Brad Berman ·
March 29, 2009

President Barack Obama announced the next steps to help General Motors and Chrysler Monday—after about six weeks of deliberations by the president’s auto task force. One of the advisors to the task force, the Boston Consulting Group, recently issued a report, “The Comeback of the Electric Car?” PluginCars.com Editor Bradley Berman spoke with Xavier Mosquet, the lead author of the report. His views might reveal how fuel efficiency, hybrids and electric cars could play a role in the car manufacturers' recovery efforts.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 19, 2009

Realities Behind Obama’s Electric Car Photo Op

When President Barack Obama walked into Southern California Edison’s electric-vehicle test facility here today, he visited what may be the highest concentration of electric vehicles in North America. The president’s goal, says White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, was to highlight the role of plug-in cars in creating “clean energy jobs” that will spur economic growth.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 17, 2009

Electric Carmaker Think Grasps at DOE Funding

Norway-based electric carmaker Think received more than its share of buzz last week as the company announced plans to produce its small all-electric vehicle in the United States. But what the company wants is a share of the $25 billion in Department of Energy loans set aside to promote advanced technology vehicles. Before the company can build electric cars in the US or anywhere else, it needs funding to stay alive. Think is now in the Norwegian version of Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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